BCS standings: Stage is set for top-10 showdown between South Carolina, Clemson
Are you ready for a top 10 matchup between South Carolina and Clemson?
Despite being idle this weekend, the Gamecocks joined Clemson in the top 10 of the BCS standings Sunday night at No. 10. USC jumped Oklahoma and Miami, two teams that were blown out last week. The Sooners lost by 29 points at Baylor on Thursday, and the Hurricanes lost by 18 at home against Virginia Tech.
It’s the first time USC – the nation’s top-ranked, two-loss team – has been ranked in the top 10 of the BCS standings this season. It also sets up a likely top 10 matchup between South Carolina and Clemson on Nov. 30 at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Tigers were ranked No. 8 in this week’s standings.
And, it is the first time USC and Clemson have ever spent the same week within the BCS top ten. The rivals will each have to win two games in order to maintain their top 10 ranking, but they’ll be heavily favored.
Alabama and Florida State kept the top two spots in the BCS standings. The Tide beat LSU on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, while the Seminoles bludgeoned Wake Forest. Ohio State, hoping to get to Pasadena for the BCS Championship Game instead of the Rose Bowl, trails in the third position.
Florida State’s stranglehold on a top-two BCS spot grew stronger when Oregon lost to Stanford on Thursday night. The Cardinal returned to the top five this week at No. 4, one spot higher than undefeated Baylor despite a loss earlier this season against Utah.
Oregon, Auburn, Clemson, Missouri and USC rounded out the top 10. In the top 10, there are four SEC, two from the ACC and Pac-12, and one from the Big 12 and Big Ten.
The top 14 teams are eligible for an at-large selection into a BCS bowl, which would go to a team that doesn’t get an automatic selection by winning a conference championship.